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hot to take the twins to that. good air-conditioned alternative. "nbc nightly news" is next. we'll be back at 6:00. >> see you then. on this sunday night, tale of the tape, the president with a provocative new attack, in a doctored wrestling video, starring him on the same day a member of his cabinet says, there are incredible challenges facing the country. deadly road rage arrest. a suspect turns himself in and is charged with first degree murder in the fatal shooting of a teenager on a pennsylvania highway. cruise ship crimes. when sexual assaults happen on the high seas, they're rarely prosecuted. tonight we look at why in an nbc news investigation. and running wild, growing concern about the future of these majestic symbols of the american west. "nightly news" begins now.
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when the president tweeted a video depicting him beating up cnn this morning, the reaction was instantaneous, his supporters cheered him on. his critics questioned his mental state. and across twitter, many offered historical context. on this date in 1776, the continental congress voted to declare independence from britain. president trump had little official business on his calendar today, so his provocative tweet is dominating the conversation, and seemed to catch even some in the administration offguard. we begin with kelly o'donnell with the president in new jersey. >> oh, my god, what's going to happen. >> reporter: 28 seconds of presidential political theater. sent to tens of millions, from
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the official u.s. government twitter account and his personal @realdonaldtrump feed. depicting a takedown. ratcheting up his run-ins with the media. >> the fake media is trying to silence us. >> reporter: but the president's tweet contains its own fakery. the video was already on the internet. that cnn logo added to this 2007 pretend fight between businessman donald trump and wrestling empire vince mcmahon. >> donald trump is in a world he's not familiar with, this is not real estate. >> the white house homeland security advisor said the president is defending himself, not inciting violence. >> no one would perceive that as a threat, i hope they don't. i do think he's beaten up in a way on cable platforms, he has a right to respond to. >> cnn responded to a statement. it is a sad day when the president of the united states encourages violence against reporters, we will keep doing our jobs, he should start doing his. opposition to the president and his behavior played out in several cities today.
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>> this man knows nothing about the job that he's doing. >> reporter: crowds gathered for so-called impeachment marches. ohio's republican government says the president's tweets diminish the office. >> people are begging the president not to do this, and he ought to stop doing it. it's one of the few things that brought republicans and democrats together. >> reporter: but utah senator like lee says demanding the president change will not work. >> it's not going to do any good for me or anyone else to come in and comment on things we might not like about his twitter behavior. >> reporter: the art of distraction? >> i'm president and they're not. >> reporter: the media feud squeezes out other issues. from the russian investigation, the travel ban taking effect and health care. >> you have incredible challenges across this nation, incredible challenges around the world. >> reporter: secretary tom price says republicans are struggling
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to come up with a plan are still trying, despite what's popping on social media. apart from what he calls his modern form of communication. the president's going old school tonight with planned telephone calls with the leaders of japan and china. he'll be back at the white house for fireworks tuesday, and then it's off to europe visiting poland and germany, and the g-20 summit, where he will have his first face to face meeting with vladimir putin. >> kelly o'donnell tonight, thank you. in pennsylvania, a suspect is in custody tonight, and charged with murder four days after that fatal shooting of a young woman in a case of road rage. morgan radford reports on how the suspect turned himself in. >> reporter: michelle and rodney roberson listened as police told them they found the man who allegedly killed their 18-year-old daughter in a violent act of road rage. >> this appears to be a savage senseless and brutal act from one human being to another human being. >> reporter: the mystery driver at the center of a four-day manhunt now in custody. 28-year-old david andrew desper.
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security video shows the moment his pickup truck approached bianca roberson's car. on her way home wednesday night. they jockeyed to merge into the same lane of a pennsylvania highway. >> he pulled out a gun, shot bianca in the head, killing her instantly. >> reporter: just as police were close to identifying the killer, desper, accompanied by his lawyer, showed up at the police station early this morning to turn himself in. police recovered his red pick up
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started. morgan radford, nbc news, new york. breaking news tonight in washington state, an amtrak train carrying about 250 passengers derailed a short time ago. it happened on puget sound just north of the capital city of olympia washington. police and coast guard are responding. so far, no casualties have been reported. scary moments today at the airport in denver, a united airlines jet caught fire as it was landing. flames were seen on the left engine as the plane landed it came to a quick halt on the runway so passengers could be evacuated. the plane was coming in from aspen. there were no reports of injuries. overseas, fire tore through a camp for syrian refugees in lebanon today killing one person, injuring several others and destroying almost 100 tents where they all lived. nbc's matt bradley has those details. >> an inferno in a crowded syrian refugee camp, in 20 minutes, a dense tent city was turned to ashes. a 2-year-old boy was killed, others suffered serious burns. some 600 syrians were made homeless by war, homeless once again.
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they'll be housed in a temporary camp nearby. aide workers blamed a faulty appliance for sparking flames that ignited gas canisters. nbc news visited the site where nearly 90 tents were burned down. >> whenever you see a settlement like this, where tents are too close to each other, it will continue to be a problem. a single fire can cause many tents to be destroyed within minutes. >> reporter: it's the latest tragedy to afflict the many refugees who fled to lebanon to escape the ravages of war. >> imagine if it had happened at night, it could have been worse, many people could have died in this kind of an incident. >> for those fleeing syria's horrors, no sanctuary is truly safe. matt bradley, nbc news. in london, heavy security is in place tonight at wimbledon, one day before the start of the tennis championships. among other things, concrete and steel barriers have been put in place to prevent terrorist
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attacks. the heightens security comes after recent deadly attacks in london and manchester. in this country, people who work at minimum wage jobs got a pay raise starting this weekend in more than a dozen cities. coinciding with the start of the new fiscal year. steve patterson looks at the impact on workers and business. >> reporter: it's a battle that's been waged for years. activists fighting for an increase in the minimum wage. in many cities across the nation it worked. starting this weekend, new wages in effect. in washington, d.c., pay went up $1 to 12.50 an hour. in chicago, up 50 cents, to $11. in san francisco, up $1, now 14. and here in los angeles. >> progress, i'm so excited. >> reporter: minimum wage now $12 an hour. something a small business owner says is hard on business.
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>> we're going to have to keep a tighter eye on payroll, do more with less. we're in the business of trying to make money here. >> reporter: seattle has been on the forefront of minimum wage hikes. the hike there may have led to higher business costs, fewer jobs and cuts in hours. >> customers aren't necessarily willing to pay that much more for a burrito or a hamburger. instead, businesses are trying to find other ways to offset that cost. >> reporter: the seattle pay hike had no effect on food service employment. as wages rise in cities around the country, workers expecting fatter paychecks as economists look for proof that's actually happening. steve patterson, nbc news, los angeles. as we mentioned last night, several states are still struggling to pass new budgets, among them new jersey where state parks and beaches are closed this holiday weekend because of the budget impasse. that didn't stop governor chris christie and his family from using a state owned beach retreat inside one of those state parks.
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when asked about it, christie said, it's just the way it goes, run for governor and you can have the residence. now to an nbc news investigation, when crimes take place on cruise ships, including sex crimes, they can be difficult to investigate and prosecute. it's often tough to figure out who has jurisdiction on the high seas. nbc's tammy lightner has been looking into it. >> reporter: the videos promise the trip of a lifetime. >> i felt so comfortable being on board. >> reporter: instead, this woman said that seven days at sea changed her life. >> he raped me and i was crying my eyes out and asking him, why are you doing this to me, please stop. >> reporter: she asked we not use her name, documents show she told police and doctors that one of the ship's bartenders sexually assaulted her. according to the ship's medical report, they didn't perform a rape kit. >> i don't believe they handled it properly at all. >> reporter: she's not alone.
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an nbc news investigation revealed that when sexual assaults occur at sea, the visibilities often get nowhere on land. in ten recent cases we looked at, some were barely investigated. most were never prosecuted. >> if cruise passengers knew what i knew, they would be 100% shocked to know how prevalent rapes and sexual assaults occur. >> reporter: miami maritime attorney represents passengers and crewmembers on cruise lines. his firm has handled more than 100 sexual assault cases at sea, which are rarely prosecuted. in her case, it was unclear who had jurisdiction. the ship sailed out of croatia, the alleged crime happened in international waters, was reported in italy. on a cruise ship line registered in the 3w57s bahamas and hard in miami. she was a british citizen living in the u.s. all of which amounts to a jurisdictional no man's land. >> the dirty secret in the cruise line industry is that
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crime does occur on cruise ships, and very often law enforcement isn't notified, evidence isn't preserved, people aren't assisted. >> on board crimes are tough to investigate, because they don't have immediate access to the ships, crime scenes or witnesses. cruise lines are required by u.s. law to report certain crimes from sexual assault to kidnapping and murder. last year, 92 of these crimes were reported 62 of them were sexual assaults. >> it is probably the most prevalent and most terrifying crime, and largely unsolved and unprosecuted. >> the cruise line industry says it has a robust system of security. keeping its more than 24 million passengers a year safe. and allegations of serious crimes are rare. a small fraction compared to rates of crime on land. senator richard blumenthal has introduced legislation to
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require cruise likes to notify the fbi within four housrs of a crime, turn over video evidence and he wants to mandate that federal officers be on board all ships. in her case, no criminal charges for the bartender, and the cruise line didn't respond to our questions. she doesn't know if the man who allegedly assaulted her is working in the cruise industry. and that uncertainty weighs heavily on her. >> the nightmares are haunting. i'm no longer the person i was. i'm working on that every single day to get back to how i was. >> reporter: nbc news, miami. still ahead tonight, saving wild horses from potential slaughter. proposed federal budget cuts cause growing concern.
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we're back with a symbol of the american west. wild horses and how it's becoming increasingly difficult to manage the population of these magnificent animals. it's an issue previous presidents have grappled with, as costs have skyrocketed. under president trump's budget proposal federal funding would be cut significantly. and there's growing concern about the future of these horses. nbc's gadi schwartz has more. >> reporter: in a desert gully near reno, nevada, two women are on a mission. control the wild horse population. >> you know which ones have been inoculated and which ones still need birth control. >> this is a great shot now. >> reporter: they have to get close enough for an open shot with a birth control dart. >> got her. hopefully that will be her last
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baby. >> reporter: for years, the wild horse population has exploded. federal lands can accommodate 27,000 wild horses under federal law. but today there are close to 73,000 in the wild. plus 46,000 that are held in massive corals and pastures like this in nevada. >> the reality is, we have to make some hard choices. >> reporter: the trump administration's budget would slash the amount too care for wild horses by 20%, which could mean fewer government birth control programs and make these majestic figures of the american west targets for slaughter. >> most of your money is going to keeping horses in facilities like this or pastures as opposed to horses on the range? >> that's correct. the population is unstable at this point. we can't take care of the range lands, the horses, and we can't meet the budget expectations the way we are. >> for this colorado rancher, overpopulation means their family's cows can't graze.
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>> my uncle and my neighbor, they can't even go out there with their lifestyle, there's too many horses out there. >> reporter: advocates say private programs will have to step up to prevent horses from euthanized or sold into slaughter, with more births in the wild. >> we can get them adopted out and keep them from going there, we're saving lots of money. >> reporter: but with a shrinking budget and a growing population, the wild symbol of freedom in the american west, faces uncertainty on the range. gadi schwartz, nbc news, reno nevada. when we come back, a simple solution to fighting skin cancer and the price is right.
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the scene this weekend in winnipeg, canada, where more
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than 3,000 people, check this out, they gathered at an intersection for a huge display of national pride, wearing red. they moved into that shape of a maple leaf. canada's national symbol. just one of many events celebrating the country's 150th anniversary. on this july fourth weekend here in the u.s., we're reminded of the need to be safe in the sun by minimizing the risk of skin cancer. one of the easiest and most effective ways of doing that is to use sunscreen. and now, at a growing number of beaches and beyond, there's no excuse. here's anne thompson. >> reporter: a day at the beach, you have something to sit on, something to eat, and something to do. but do you have what could save your skin and your life? >> a lot of times when you come to the beach, what do you do? you forget your sunscreen. >> less than half of us put on sunscreen, no excuses any more, on this famous beach. tucked in among the iconic rides and board walk of new york's
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coney island are yellow dispensers of free spf-30 sunscreen? doesn't everybody know about sunscreen? why do you have to put dispensers out? >> people do know about it, but it doesn't mean that they use it. that's one of the things we're working on. >> reporter: these dispensers are popping up in sun splashed areas of the country has a friendly reminder. >> this is really good. >> at philadelphia's citizen's bank park. the dispensers are a home run against skin cancer. according to phillies hall of famer and cancer sure survivor mike schmidt. >> we can't do without the sun to keep us warm, we can protect our skin from its harmful rays. >> reporter: more than 87,000 americans will be diagnosed with melanoma this year. more than 9,700 lives will be taken by the disease. this is about more than just convenience. science says programs like these
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actually make a difference. a study in the journal of the american medical association attributes a drop in melanoma diagnosises and deaths in the northeast to campaigns like this. a relief for carla and her two children and friends head for the waives. >> it's just a blessing. and the kids may even take the initiative to get it themselves. >> reporter: to make sure they take home nothing but pleasant memories. anne thompson, nbc news, new york. >> great idea. up next, inspiring america, we'll meet a young man who got out of prison and graduated from ucla.
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finally tonight, the statistics show that for many who have served time it's a challenge to stay out of prison again. a young man in california wanted to change that. and with a little high profile help, he's been quite successful. alia roussy on how he is inspiring america. >> reporter: james anderson never saw a future for himself. >> i was coming home to a house full of gang members and drugs. >> reporter: as a teen, he followed his brother into a life of drugs and violence. at 17 he was in a gang fight that left a man seriously hurt. james spent 3 1/2 years in prison. >> there was no hope. i always thought i was going to die by the time i was 24. >> reporter: but now at age 24, his life has been turned around, thanks to a chance meeting over six years ago.
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scott budnick a criminal rights advocate taught a writing workshop james attended. >> he's the guy that everyone wrote off. everyone said this kid is not going to change, until he did. >> reporter: they started the arc coalition. supporting formerly incarcerated young men and women. more than 450 members have pledged to be free of drugs, gangs and drugs. in california, nearly half of the state's inmates released reoffend and are reincarcerated. but less than 5% of arc members have returned to prison. james' work with arc was recognized by the white house where he told then-president obama that he was going to attend ucla before he even applied. >> you lied to the president? >> i thought i was going to go. president obama, i'm sorry. >> that picture inspired change in james' big brother charles who is also now a member of arc. >> if he came from the same
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environment i did, and now he's in the white house, shaking hands with the president, why can't i do that? >> reporter: charles spent nine years in prison and was released two months ago. just in time to share a special family milestone. james graduated with honors from ucla last month. charles by his side. now he's launching a latina street wear line that gives back to the community. >> you give someone a little glimmer of hope and some light in their life, it's incredible what's possible. >> reporter: the brothers no longer prisoners of their past. with a little hope that came by way of hollywood, now helping others find their path. >> it's a great program, that is nbc nightly news for this sunday night, i'm kate snow reporting from new york. for all of us here at nbc news, have a great night. ==peggy/take vo==
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right now at six. with the fourth of july holiday just two days away, fire crews are on high alertor right now at 6:00, with the fourth of july holiday two days away. fire crews on alert for illegal fireworks. the news at 6:00 starts now. >> good evening. thanks for joining us. dry wiconditions and use of illegal fireworks, a serious combination. a warning from police. >> and fireworks are illegal. we have a report. >> reporter: right. there are 16 nonprofits in gilroy that sponsor fireworks stands like the ones behind me sponsoring gilroy high school football, here for the last 20